Losing It

by Arris Leighton

The weight-loss surgery was successful and soon, over a hundred pounds melted away. My jutting bones are the headstones where my rolls and dimples used to live. My fat friends see me as the mirror that reflects their perceived flaws and have banished themselves from what they consider my judging eyes. My fat vanished, as did my husband, closely followed by our marriage. All that was left was the real me. When people ask how much I've lost, I reply, "Everything."


Arris Leighton lives in Southern California and spends her time staying under the radar.


Leatherdykeuk said...

Excellent. How sad, to achieve one dream only to find it cost you that much.

Anonymous said...

Very moving. loved the sentence "My fat vanished,..."
I hope this is fiction, and if not, that you find healthier substitutes with which to fill your life. the truth may be that she lost "everything" bad.And that's a good thing.

Madam Z said...

Ditto what Rachel and Caccy said. It's beautiful, moving, and I hope it's fiction.

Gina said...

This is wonderful. I still have chills from the last word.

austere said...

The price we pay.

Clueless Cat said...

Beautifully written.